Turn a trip to the farmer's market into an educational outing

Kids from toddlers to teens can benefit from a trip to a local farmer’s market.

Help them learn what it takes to plan and make a meal. Food doesn’t just appear on the table, if they learn about the process of picking out the food, finding a recipe that uses the ingredients and then helping to prepare it, they learn a valuable lesson in how food makes it to the table.

Let kids be in charge. Give the kids some money and let them shop. Be committed to make whatever they choose, even if squash is not your personal favorite!!

What’s in season? Even though it may always be in the grocery store doesn’t mean it came from our own farmers! Kids can learn that fresh local strawberries in season are a treat almost as good as candy and something to look forward to and appreciate.

What are the different fruits and veggies? If you can’t identify them how likely are you to eat them? Can they find a turnip? Do they know what color a tomato is? It’s a great way to challenge your own comfort level-are you brave enough to buy a kohlrabi?

Talk about eating the rainbow and the importance of eating a variety of colors every day. The farmer's market is a great place to have a scavenger hunt of different colored foods...and it’s a great way to get everyone in the family out of the slump of the "expected" veggies… try purple carrots, or orange cauliflower.

About the Author...
Nikki Bates
Nikki began working for Gray Television in 2000 at KOLN/KGIN in Nebraska, and has worked with MomsEveryday since the very beginning.

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